Why Go Organic?
March 2, 2015
Scott Dahlberg, ISA Certified Arborist TX-3553A, Texas Oak Wilt Certified - 160
People often ask me why I "lean towards an organic approach" when it comes to caring for trees, shrubs and turf. While I am certainly no expert on organic gardening, I think the answer is pretty simple. Common sense!
Our goal, when utilizing our proprietary Liquid Compost Extract as a root zone fertilizer is to emulate nature; to duplicate what you would find in the natural flora and fauna. As microbes break down organic matter in our soils, they make it readily available for uptake by plants in nutrient form. As they mine the soil, they improve the soil structure through natural aeration. Why wouldn't we want to increase the organic matter and microbial activity in soil throughout our clients' gardens to improve the nutritional and structural quality of the soil? We would and we do, which is why we have partnered with the Texas Worm Ranch to produce our Liquid Compost Extract.
Synthetic fertilizers often use a high amount of Nitrogen combined with a high amount of Sodium, as a slow release component. Sodium (salt) as you may know (think about how thirsty you get when you eat a very salty meal) causes an increase in water consumption. With the water restrictions already in place throughout North Texas, and only getting more stringent, I do not believe adding Sodium to our soils is the right call. High amounts of Nitrogen may push growth and help plants "green up," but I do not believe they provide a well balanced diet for our plants. That imbalance often leads to fungal issues and higher insect activity, as the plants become more stressed, leading to the potential need for fungicides and insecticides. I think we can all agree that these chemicals, as they run off into the environment, are not good for our environment or our health.
While I can't say that there is an organic solution for every problem in our gardens, I can say that a Best Management Practice, leaning toward organic solutions, is the right call. Chemicals have their place but, in my opinion, should only be used when necessary and certainly should be used correctly. If and when we are required to use chemicals to help control fungal issues and insect activity, we certainly recommend keeping those chemicals contained within the Vascular System of our trees rather than spraying them into the environment.
If we can continue to emulate Mother Nature by leaning towards an organic approach, and begin to limit the use of synthetic fertilizers that can lead to the need for fungicides and insecticides, our plants will be healthier, we will use less water in our gardens and we'll all be healthier for it.